Scythe & Sickle | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scythe & Sickle is an-amber ale brewed with a variety of malts, including pils, rye flakes and oat flakes, for incredible depth of flavor and a hint of natural sweetness. Scythe & Sickle brings a new life and flavor to autumn beer lists traditionally filled with Oktoberfests and pumpkin ales. The flavors of the hard work of summer and the celebration of autumn harvest are captured in Scythe & Sickle, creating a unique but traditional Ommegang farmhouse harvest ale.

“Scythe & Sickle is our foray into honoring the harvest season, taking the finest malts and blending them seamlessly into a rich amber ale,” says Brew Master Phil Leinhart. “Farming is about precision, timing and care, and this gently sweet ale is our testament to the craft and care of farming.”

Added by MLasoski on 08-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,119
Reviews:
238
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10%
 
 
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44
Gots:
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant satisfying brew. A small retained head. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability, a meal in itself. Moderately yeasty. Very good for the style, reminds me of some Three Floyds creations. Satisfying. Slight edgy tartness. Suitably carbonated. Dry finish.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger foamy head with lacing on a cloudy copper with golden hues body.

S: both dark and citrus fruits, yeast mustiness, champagne, caramel malts.

T: spicy, red apple, caramel, champagne, breads, citrus and banana, yeast. The earthy flavors and hops round this one off in the finish.

M: medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Nice fruity and spicy brew. I was surprised I was able to get the earthiness out of this one which is well pronounced in the finish. Complex and dynamic, a must try.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/2014.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some earthy, grassy, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very very unique beer, hopelessly underrated here on BA. it pours a murky orange color, somewhere between brass and tangerine, with a bold white lace on top a few inches tall. it smells very fruity. not sure if its fruit juice or if its from the yeast, but it takes on an almost tropical vibe. the flavor is way more hoppy than i expected. maybe one of the hoppiest ommegang beers ive had. its bitter citric hops and they are all in the finish. the yeast provides some musty fruit tones, while the malt offers a late hay harvest flavor. mouthfeel is fantastic, its velvet when you drink it, with very bright but round carbonation, not prickly at all. finish is long and complex, contemplative. i had this at the cheeky monk on colfax last night, and i suggest you get down there for a glass of this before its gone!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking orange amber color with a haziness to it. The retention on this beer is pretty good as well as some lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off some earthy malt and yeast aromas, some subtle hops aromas as well. The taste of the beer is malty, some interesting grain flavors in there with some hints of caramel and bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very drinkable with a good carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, not my favorite from Ommegang but still a good beer to try.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz, bottle. Had a bottle of this on my trip back to CT. Pours a bubbly golden color, nice floral aroma. Medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel. Floral notes come out, very smooth and well balanced. Nice solid beer, a good change of pace from the usual seasonals.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a finger high frothy layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast, grainy malts and spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and also has some hints of yeast and spicy rye in the finish along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable beer if you like something malty with Belgian yeast and some spicy rye. It’s not that difficult to drink and packs in a lot of flavors.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops are in abundance, malts are in abundance- this means only one thing: Brewers Gone Wild will make it to a beer isle near you!

Yet, in conservative and charming fashion, Ommegang opens with a classy French-style Biere de Garde Ale. Its rich bready character is easily captured by the eye as the foam slowly separates from the rich body underneath. Mid amber in color, its hazy appearance even looks like bread crust. An ivory white head builds upon the ale with strong retention and lacy rings that commemorate each drink taken (turns out there's fewer of those than you would have thought!)

A bready, fruity and spicy culmination strikes the nose as the scent of fresh baking bread, citrus fruit, orchard fruit and wine-like spiciness entice the nose. Lemons, oranges, peppercorn and pleasant tartness all teases the nose as the first sip falls near.

To taste, the strong bready and yeasty taste is of light bread, vegemite, and the crust of freshly baked bread. That richness is soon met by a balance of two classes. First the fruit complement is of orchard and citrus but then the peppercorn and rye spice all culminate into a complex structure of flavor. None of the flavors pull ahead of the other- this reaches a perfectly balance taste in the middle before the acidic fruit and pepper spice pull ahead of the bread to finish.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's incredible richness seems heavier at first but its bready weight lightens considerable in the middle in order to allow the fruit acidity, peppery spice and alcohol warmth to dry the taste with certainty to close.

Ommegang has hit an absolute home run with this style. It's French in character and complex in delivery. Just enough earthiness really sells its taste but still its not as charming or distinctive as in could be. More straw character, higher dryness and even (dare I say) a pep of butter could really round this thing out!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There's zero indication on the label that this is a biere de garde as it's currently categorized, so I'm reviewing it based on what the brewers do call it - a harvest ale. 5.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and generally appealing label art purchased at a local TX bottle shop and served into Stella Artois stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Has a nice supple complexion and a smooth consistency. Nice fluffiness with some slight creaminess. Head retention is good - about 7-8+ minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent copper of above average vibrance; it looks great when backlit. Appears overcarbonated judging by the overabundance of swirling carbonation bubbles. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is/are visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a harvest ale and I'm looking forward to trying it. Definitely above average, but not unique or special. I've seen better, but this is appealing.

Sm: Oats, clean barley, pale malts, flaked wheat, a kiss of spicy rye malt, a hint of caramalt, and some floral hop character. It's a perfumey wet aroma guided by a subtle touch of lightly funky and biscuity yeast. The yeast character plays off a prominent starchiness I attribute to the oats.

I also pick up on some vague fruit rind and a touch of pepper.

It's an inviting aroma of mild strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

No off-notes or overt alcohol are detectable.

T: Ample amounts of oats are present along with their accompanying starchiness - which is complemented by the flaked wheat. The rye is even more subdued than anticipated, with hardly any spiciness coming through. Lightly spicy funky biscuity yeast is present throughout, lending the build some needed cohesion, and is complemented well by the brief peppery character. Hop character is timid, and I can only find generic floral hops. There's also some honey sweetness.

Balanced and enjoyable, but the depth of flavour is lower than anticipated. The beer overall tips towards the sweet end, but has enough Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's got some light subtlety and nuance (mainly the starchiness), as well as fair complexity for a harvest ale. Cohesive, but not gestalt.

I would like to see the yeast character played up more, as well as the peppery notes in particular. Biere de gardes always have a tendency to come off like "saison lites" to me, but the subtle presence of peppery character here hints at a superior brew.

Mf: Refreshing, coarse, and lightly dry (in a starchy kind of way). A bit overcarbonated. Not a soft as I'd like, nor as creamy as it should be given the oats. Has too much body and thickness for the flavour profile. Still, overall presence on the palate is favorable and I do think the texture complements the taste well in a general sense.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Scythe & Sickle is an enjoyable harvest ale with some interesting flavours, but never quite comes together as much as is needed to elevate it beyond being merely "good." Still, it's a damn fine seasonal and I look forward to trying it again. Another solid beer from Ommegang which I'd probably recommend friends try. Hides its ABV well and drinks very easily. Finishing this bottle is something I'm looking forward to.

High B-

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives cloudy, with a copper color topped by a nice head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Graham cracker, cloves and dark druit, with spicy phenols

Taste: Comes at you from a number of directions; sweet elements, such as caramel, graham cracker and dark fruit; herbal aspects, with cloves and other spicy phenols; the finish is a bit crisp and tangy from the rye

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprisingly complex beer; I didn't love it but enjoyed trying to wrap my mind around it

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark amber orange, full fluffy head of foam with a halo of drippy lace in the glass. Head dissipates after a few minutes, lasting skim on the surface.

Aroma has a signature Duvel-esque quality to it, a slight earthiness and spice, mellow grassiness.

Flavors are supple and complimentary, specialty grains and an understated hop character that lends some light bitterness. Mildly toasty with a brief hint of sweetess upfront, moving into a dry finish with a Duvel yeast aftertaste. Overall it was good, though not wildly unique.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity and floral. Some sweet caramel maltiness.

T - It tasted of tropical fruits like mango and grapefruit. Good caramel maltiness with some toffee and a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an amazing brew. I don't see it as a Biere de Garde, but it it so good.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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